A little about how I groom -
I am a one person groomer, although I rarely travel alone. You will usually see my husband or one of my daughters with me. First off, I have to get a good hold on the bird, which sometimes can be fun. But I always consider the safety of the bird as well as myself. To do so, I use a clean, damp towel to wrap the bird in. The towel is damp to keep the bird cool, a little less stressed and it grips a little better. Before I wrap them completely, I will spread their wings out gently, one at a time, over my leg and trim the flight feathers. Also before I wrap them up snugly, I will spray them with Bird Bath (an aloe based solution), avoiding their eye area. After they are all bundled up, they are placed on their back facing me. I start with the beak. I use a spoon as sort of a "shoe horn" to bring the lower beak out to be worked on. I use my Dremel tool and a nail file to smooth it out and then let the top beak slide back out. I round the the tip, smooth out the rough edges along the side and even smooth out the layered look that sometimes happens (see amazon picture below). I only go as short as I feel necessary.If the beak is really over grown, I will give it a good start but may work on it more over a couple of visits. I don't want to cause any more stress then they already have to endure with the whole process. After the beak, I move to the nails. If they are on the longer side, I may start with a pair of clippers but mainly use my Dremel tool. I finish smoothing them out with a nail file. Then it is out of the towel and "bombs away"! Well usually, so watch your toes. After every grooming, my tools are sanitized so that they are ready for my next grooming.
If you have any questions about my grooming technique, please feel free to ask, either by email, phone or in person.
Location: 19th Ave and Union Hills Dr
Phoenix, AZ 85027
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